[R] still trying to wrap xyplot - ignore previous

From: Zack Weinberg <zackw_at_panix.com>
Date: Fri, 08 Jun 2007 12:12:31 -0700

As you may not be surprised to hear, no sooner did I post the previous message than I realized I had a really dumb mistake. I've now gotten a bit farther but am still stuck. New code:

graph <- function (x, data, groups, xlab) {   pg <- function(x, y, group.number, ...) fnord   body(pg) <- substitute({
    panel.xyplot(x, y, ..., group.number=group.number)     panel.text(2, unique(y[x==2]),

               pos=4, cex=0.5)

  }, list(G=eval(substitute(groups), data, parent.frame())))

  print(xyplot(x, data=data, groups=substitute(groups),

               ylab=list(cex=1.1, label='Mean RT (ms)'),
               xlab=list(cex=1.1, label=xlab),
                 x=list(alternating=c(1,1), tck=c(1,0)),


1) The "groups=substitute(groups)" bit (in the call to xyplot) still doesn't work. As far as I can tell, xyplot wants the *symbol* which is the name of the factor (in the data frame) to group by. The above seems to wind up passing it the symbol "groups", which causes the prepanel function to barf. I have not been able to find any way to evaluate one layer of "groups" to get me the symbol passed in, rather than the value of that symbol. Am I right? How do I give it what it wants?

2) Why do I have to do that stupid dance with replacing the body of pg? The documentation leads me to believe this is a lexically scoped language, shouldn't it be able to pick G out of the enclosing frame?


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